Lip Service

I tend to go through phases with make up where one particular product is what I’m into at a time. At the moment it’s lip products (though I’m still very much loving blushes!) I wanted to talk about some of my current favourites.

I’ve mentioned previously that I have incredibly sensitive skin and my lips are no exception. As soon as I change lip balm, lip sticks, anything really, my lips balloon and go itchy. I get blotches and dry patches and it’s all bad. Anyway, I try to train my lips to like certain products if I just can’t get enough of them. All of the products I’m talking about today have no negative effects on my lips. They’re all fabulous!

My lips are so dry, that I’m always applying lip balms. If I don’t have a lip balm to hand I know I’m going to have a bad day, to the point where I have one in my hand bag at all times, one in my living room, one by my bed, and if for some reason I’ve switched hand bags and forgotten to put a balm in I have to find the nearest Boots and pick one up.

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This lip balm by Dr Bronner’s Magic is OMG amazing. I’ll be honest, I picked this up from ASOS when I had to make up the basket total to get free postage. I can’t remember how much it was, but it can’t have been more than a couple of pounds. This is an organic lip balm in Lemon Lime flavour, but instead of being balmy it’s made from oils. This contains avocado, jojoba, cannabis seed, lemon and lime oils. That’s a lotta oils. It glides on smoothly and hydrates my lips to the point that I don’t feel the need to reapply as often as normal. It’s not thick, so light and smells just like key lime pie but fresher. I’ve been keeping this as my at-home balm so I don’t go through it too fast. I love putting it on before liquid lipstick. It leaves my lips hydrated enough that matte lipsticks don’t sink into my dry bits too much. It’s just awesome.

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I’ve really started loving lip-oils as a result of trying the Dr Bronner’s balm, and so when I heard Barry M were bringing out some lip oils for £4.99 each I knew I wanted to pick them up. I got mine during a buy one get one half price promotion, so it was a no brainer to buy both! These look like lip glosses in the packaging and also once applied, but feel so hydrating and water-light on the lips. Coco Loco has coconut oil and camellia, smells like coconut and goes on clear. Berry Good has pomegranate and raspberry oils and smells like berries. This one goes on clear I think but is pink in the packaging. I haven’t noticed any tint when applying it, but that could be just me. I’ve been leaning more towards the coconut one, but that’s just because I’m obsessed with coconut scented things at the moment!

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Next I’ll talk about my current favourite liquid lipstick. Having dry lips, matte products aren’t the best on me, but Meet Matte Hughes by The Balm is so lovely that I just go for it anyway. Their Committed shade is a sweet mint scented lipstick that goes on so smooth and pigmented and dries down to matte in about 30 seconds. It’s budge proof (until you eat) and looks lovely. It does dry into the cracks in my lips, and I’ve been thinking about topping it with my NYX Butter Gloss and seeing how it lasts. Meet Matte Hughes has ruined me for other brand’s liquid lipsticks and I haven’t found another formula as good as this. Go buy one!!

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Lastly, let’s talk about Firebird. Urban Decay have just announced they’re clearing down their entire lipstick range, reformulating, re-packaging and then re-releasing a new staple range of lipsticks. This panicked me because I’d already bought their sell-out Ex-Girlfriend from the Gwen Stefani range, but wanted to pick up Firebird after having tried the sample they sent when I bought the eyeshadow palette. I soon found out that both Ex-Girlfriend and Firebird will be reformulated BUT I didn’t want to wait and love the Gwen Stefani packaging, so away I went. This is a BRIGHT pink with a slightly purple shift in it. It’s very pigmented and stains the lips (in a good way) but has a sheerness about it. I adore this colour and look forward to wearing it very soon. It’s way more adventurous than I usually wear, but you only live once and it makes me happy! Once the new Urban Decay range comes out, I intend on picking up Mrs Mia Wallace, which was first released in their Pulp Fiction range but I missed out on it. I’m so pleased it’s coming back in their permanent range!

So that’s it! I’ve become a little obsessed with Lipstick Queen’s range too, and very much want to pick up Frog Prince and Queen Bee – (I’m taking donations too…..)

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

March Favourites

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Happy April everyone! Did you have an awesome March? Mine was great – Spring is doing its best effort to appear. We’ve had a few days of lovely sunshine and I’m hoping that the chilly windy rain we’ve had this past week was all just to clear up and make way for Spring to really happen.

I’m desperate for nice weather so I can get outside running again – mainly so I can start to get a bit of colour on my skin. I think this is the first year that I’ve mourned Summer for a whole Autumn and Winter. Bring back the lovely weather!

So March has been full of TV, movies and of course beauty. Here goes with what I’ve loved this past month.

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I’m a massive fan of Judd Apatow’s stuff, my favourite being This is 40. He’s also involved in Girls, which I’m a huge fan of too. So I suspected I would enjoy this Netflix original show Love. And I wasn’t wrong. This 10 part tv series was everything I’d hoped it would be: funny, deep, clever and driven by some amazingly written (and acted) characters. If you like quirky and real then you might just love this.

We also revisited Cloverfield, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. I’ve written about the Before movies before so I’ll let you go back and read what I thought about them, but they’re still all kinds of awesome. Cloverfield is a pretty short movie, so we popped it on the TV one night when we wanted something fairly non taxing to watch.

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This is a found-footage type movie (and we all know how much I love those!) Set in Manhattan (and we all know how much I love Manhatten too). If you haven’t seen the movie I won’t spoil it, but it’s a real gem.

Now onto a few beauty bits:

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In March I reverted back to an old favourite, my Neutrogena grapefruit face wash (around £4).

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I moved onto a different one from the same brand a few months back, which had microbeads in it, but I’ve since discovered that these are actually little plastic balls which don’t biodegrade. They go down the plug hole into the water system and are super bad for the environment. Since I’ve switched back I’ve been wondering why I diverted. My skin feels wonderful, smooth and smells lovely too after using this. The difference is instant, and I know I’ll be sticking to this face wash for a long time!

Next is a Lush product – Mint Julips lip scrub (£5.50). This is basically a pot of minty sugar.

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You dig out a little of the sugar (over the sink or else you’ll have sugar EVERYWHERE!) rub it all over your lips and either wash or lick the remainder off. This particular scrub leaves my lips feeling oiled but not oily, smooth and tingling with minty goodness. It’s gorgeous!

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I’ve mentioned Benefit’s It’s Potent (£25.50) in my last beauty blog, so I won’t go into it on here, but I decided to go the whole hog and buy the full size of this baby. I’ve been really pleased with how it works and the difference it’s made. I actually think some of my fine lines have actually disappeared too. Can it be possible?

Next I’ll talk about my newest foundation purchase. I mentioned in the aforementioned beauty blog that I’d found something I liked better than the Clinique sample I was given, and it was:

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Max Factor’s Facefinity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 foundation. I was matched to Natural 50. I like the finish of this foundation though I have found it does oxidise on my face so I think it’ll be a little more functional once I have a little sun colour on my face. This foundation is primer, concealer and foundation in one, and has spf 20. I’ve been applying it using a Real Techniques buffing brush and focussing on buffing it out around my jaw line as I’m concerned I look a little flush once it’s on. But I do like the finish and it’s buildability. It offers a matte finish so you don’t need any powder. Interestingly, it did cling to dry parts on my forehead when first applied, but by the time I’ve done the rest of my face these had hydrated and I couldn’t see them any more. And it doesn’t settle into lines – perfect! I’m impressed, for the cost of this (£12.99) it performed a lot better than the Clinique sample, that I wanted so much to love!

Next is a couple of liquid lipsticks by TheBalm (£13.50)

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Meet Matt(e) Hughes matte liquid lipsticks in Committed and Charming. I bought these for events where I can’t be continuously reapplying lipstick. I am a serial lipsmoosher, so lip colour doesn’t last long on me. As a result I stick to sheer lipsticks or tinted balms but I’ve been impressed with these. Firstly they smell nice and minty, so they tingle a little when first applied. They go on smooth and don’t cling to any bumps. They dry to a comfortable feel and they do last well. There’s minimal transference, but they do come off if you eat oily foods. I’m a pale-faced gal so these being the palest ‘nude’ shades they’re still pretty dark and prominent on my face, and they do give me a pretty dramatic look. Oh and when I’m done they come off easily with a quick slick of Egyptian magic. Win!

Lastly is my favourite of the bunch. I got this for £13 off at Debenhams, and had been lusting over it for some time…. The Urban Decay Vice 4 palette (retails at £43)

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Firstly, let’s just take in the packaging. This is STUNNING. Urban Decay do packaging so so well. This even came with its own zippered travel bag. Now we’ve taken in the palette packaging, let’s look at the goods.

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Sigh. So pretty. I was so impressed this came with another lovely double ended brush. Urban Decay’s palette brushes are so good, I seriously doubt I’ll ever need to buy a separate one. The main thing that drew me to Vice 4 was the colour matches. Just looking at each of these rows, I can see complete eye looks. Three greens, three metallics, three mauve, three neutral, three greys etc etc. So many matches. And these look lovely wet as eyeliner too. I’ve used a couple in that way already. In fact I think I’ve used about a third of the palette already and I don’t often wear eyeshadow day-to-day. I’m so impressed.

So those are my March favourites. I’d love to read what you thought if you’ve tried anything I’ve loved this month. Leave me a comment if you have!

Now onwards through April!